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review 2017-11-22 16:49
Review: Vampire Fight Club by Larissa Ione
Vampire Fight Club (Demonica, #6.5) - Larissa Ione

What I’m Talking About:

Nathan (Nate) Sabine, a rare, daywalker vampire, has worked at an underground fight club for decades hoping to bring it down from the inside, ever since the owner, Fade, killed his wife. But Nate has become apathetic and has lost sight of his need for revenge. He hates himself. 

 

Vladlena (Lena) Paskelkov is a nurse at UGH. She’s working when one of the paramedics brings in her brother all torn up. They discover he was killed at an underground fight club. Lena decides to go undercover as a medic for the fight club’s legitimate front, the Vampire nightclub Thirst, to seek revenge for her brother’s murder.

 

Although previously released, Vampire Fight Club is one of the few (only?) Demonic stories I hadn’t read. I absolutely enjoyed diving into the old school Demonica tales. The story is set mid-series, after the original crew have their stories, but before most of the Lords of Deliverance characters are mated. It’s fast, simple, and fun. Nate and Lena share an instant attraction, although it sort of horrifies Lena as she’s not certain if Nate had anything to do with her brother’s death. But their pull is undeniable, and it gives Nate a reason to live again. It also helps Lena fulfill her own shifter needs. 

 

Vampire Fight Club is independent of the original series and can be enjoyed as a standalone or introduction to this awesome PNR series. As for fans of Underground General Hospital, this story is an entertaining, sexy addition to the Demonica series.

 

My Rating:  B, Liked It

Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About

Review copy provided by Netgalley

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review 2017-10-08 15:43
Razr: A Demonica Underworld Novella - Larissa Ione

Every trip back to the Demonica world brings me so much joy, and Razr is no different. I have to be honest and say that, since it's been a while since I've read the Horsemen part of the series, I don't remember much about the heavenly weapons that the angels used, especially not the Gems of Enoch. I do assume it's mentioned in Revenant, but I haven't read that one yet. I'm rereading the entire series, so I'll get to it pretty soon.

 

It always surprises me how the world of Demonica shifts and manages to get bigger and bigger with each new story. Jedda is a creature I haven't even thought of being possible, to be honest, and I'm truly truly excited because that means there is new stuff that can be explored within this world *winks*.

 

Razr also was really interesting, and I don't remember much of him from before, but I like how his story sheds some more light into the truly mysterious world of the angels within the Demonica series. We might know a few angels, but I feel like the more angels are brought into this story, the more we get to discover about the creatures.

 

The pacing is great and I didn't feel like I was reading a novella, although I am definitely keeping my fingers crossed for new, longer novels within this world *fingers crossed*. I wonder if this story somehow will influence the events in future books or if they somehow set the scene for more stories. I'm definitely looking forward to new stories, even if just novellas. Anything to keep me coming back to this world.

Source: rubys-books.blogspot.com
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review 2017-10-08 14:30
1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Ten - Tessa Bai... 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Ten - Tessa Bailey,Lexi Blake,Larissa Ione,Laurelin Paige,Jenna Jacob,Sierra Simone

*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of this review in any way.  

 

Rough Rhythm by Tessa Bailey

 

I absolutely loved this story! I felt pretty confused about what had happened between James and Lita when they first met, but I figured it had to be pretty important for James to act like such a scared cat all the time. Lita is a relentless woman. She knows what she wants, and she wants James, no matter what he tries to do to keep her away from him. I simply adored seeing her make tiny dents into his walls with her antics.

 

The thing that I loved most about this story is the fact that it says it like it is, that there's a huge difference between BDSM and abuse, and for that alone I'm going to love this story and keep it in my heart forever and ever. I don't think that this fact has been as plainly stated in other books as it was in this story, and for that alone I'm going to put Bailey on my auto-buy from now on.

 

Rating: 5 cups

 

Devoted by Lexi Blake

 

I see Lexi Blake on a cover and I'm already hooked. No questions asked. I liked to see two strong characters find their way in the crazy world that is the Masters and Mercenaries series and the BDSM lifestyle.

 

I did however have a teeny tiny problem with Flynn not being honest with Amy. I thought that he should have told her from the very start who he was. Yes, he makes up for it, but I would have wanted for them to have a completely honest relationship from the start.

 

As always however, Blake knows just how to spin a story enough for that aspect of the plot to make me fall in love with the characters, flaws and all.

 

Rating: 4 cups

 

Z by Larissa Ione


Every new story to the Demonica series makes me giddy and happy as a clam. Not only does this story finally explores Zhubaal's story, it also hints to what will happen in the future, which OMG I have a feeling it will be epic.

 

In the spirit of Ione's stories, there's more to Vex and Zhubaal than meets the eye, and I adore the differences between their story and your typical soulmate story. It's even different than some other angel stories from within the Demonica series. I love how Vex challenged Zhubaal, or Z, and how she was completely opposite to what he thought she should be. I also liked reading about his inner struggle. It was, as expected, a really good story and a nice addition to the Demonica world.

 

And again, holy hell if what Revenant said ties in to the next generation of Demonica books, it will be epic.

 

Rating: 5 cups

 

Falling Under You by Laurelin Paige

 

I liked this story a lot. Not because of the sex, although that was hot, but because of the chemistry between Norma and Boyd, which went beyond sex, it was a chemistry that translated very well in their professional lives as well. I liked the fact that they managed to find a balance between being work partners and romantic partners. I liked the idea that you could be both romantically and professionally involved with someone, something that I normally don't see so well explored, but Paige made it work perfectly. It kind of made sense for them to end up together and to make such a great team.

 

I'll definitely read more books by this author.

 

Rating: 4.5 cups

 

Craving His Command by Jenna Jacob

 

If the first novella of this bundle said that BDSM and abuse are two very different things, this one proves it. I don't know if this was made on purpose or if it was coincidence, but I love the fact that these two stories were put together as they were.

 

Mercy and Kellan have an interesting story. I felt sad a lot of the times for them, because they had really sad pasts. Mercy's was scary, but important to be told because that's what makes this story important I think. And even though I was furious about the outcome and the fact that she didn't get what she wanted (sorry, I don't want to give out spoilers, but you'll read it and you'll know), it made sense for the story to be this way because unfortunately real life is full of these stories. And so maybe, just maybe, reading about it will hopefully help in changing that truly horrible fact.

 

I also like that just because he knows about her past, Kellan doesn't treat her like a victim, but as someone who went through something horrible, survived, and can be treated like a normal person, which she is. I enjoyed reading that. This is another author that I'll definitely read more of.

 

Rating: 4.5 cups

 

American Queen by Sierra Simone

 

This was a very interesting story. A very hot, interesting story. A story that I want to know more of.

 

Embry, Ash and Greer make an interesting threesome, and I love that there's more darkness in them than in the rest of the threesome stories I've read about before.

 

There's a lot of intrigue and mystery in this story that makes this novella so unique to me. It's not only the sex, it's the questions that I have about what happened when Greer was a child, as well as what will happen in her future. In their future, actually.

 

I will definitely keep reading this series, because I am sooo curious to learn what happens next.

 

Rating: 4 cups

 

OVERALL RATING: 4 cups

Source: rubys-books.blogspot.com
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review 2017-09-30 16:40
good story and characters
Forsaken by Night (Moonbound Clan Vampires Book 3) - Larissa Ione Lobo heard a shot ring out, it was probably a hunter or poacher. But Lobo was going to check it out. He investigated all gunshots. A habit leftover from his life at MoonBound Clan where Lobo had been part of the security detail. Now as an outcast he still patrolled Washington’s state forest. Now avoiding MoonBound warriors and they avoided him too. Lobo was damaged goods and as far as their alpha- Hunter was concerned Lobo was a traitor. Hunter was also a butt. Then Lobo let his companion Tehya who was a wolf out of his cabin. The concern lobo had was humans hunting the creatures that lived in the forest. Once Lobo connected with a wolf face to face, he could locate it with his mind seconds later no matter how far away the wolf was. Tehya was a unique wolf wolf. The likes of which Lobo had never encountered in his nearly one hundred and twenty years of life. Then her intense yellow eyes met his and an image appeared in his head. Something that happened once or twice a day for the last twelve years. The image was always the same: a tall. Willowy vampire with dark shoulder length hair and yellow -amber eyes. She was beautiful, mysterious, and adventurous. Lobo loved Tehya. She had come to him at the lowest part of his life, when he realized he had nothing to live for. Tehya was nearly dead when Lobo found her, she was so weak from starvation that she couldn’t stand. Tahya was covered with wounds likely from other wolves and coyotes. Lobo wondered if it would have been kinder to put her out of her misery instead of nurse her back to health. Tehya had made it and it didn’t take Lobo long to know she wasn’t normal. Lobo was a Skinwalker and thought Tehya was to but stayed a wolf too long to be a Skinwalker. Then Lobo changed into a wolf to look into that gunshot. Then Lobo heard another gunshot rang out and Lobo found out Tehya had been shot and Lobo found out Tehya had been shot, her hip blown open. It had been a poacher and Lobo had already turned into his vampire form. Lobo knew there was only one option to save Tehya the vampire clan that had vanished him decades ago had a doctor. Then Lobo did the forbidden and transformed into Hunter. Lobo had come to the MoonBound clan as an orphan . his parents killed by MoonBound butchers. Lobo had become Su’Neena’s whipping boy. He was treated like a dog literally. Then Lobo tried to show the clan Su’Neena was betraying the pack but she had lied and the clan’s fear of Lobo’s abilities had been enough to give her the benefit of the doubt. Su’Neena had tried to kill Lobo twice already. When Tehya came to she was in human form. She couldn’t believe after twelve years living as a wolf she had resorted back to human form. The tehya found out she wasn’t in human form but a vampire. Lehya had been human once working as a dental assistant while going to college to become a dentist. Tehya had been bitten gotten sick then transitioned into a vampire, then a wolf. Tehya’s mom had been on the run from the government since Tehya had been conceived. A woman came into the room Tehya came to in and tried to stop Tehya from leaving ,Tehya bit her then shot her against the x ray machine and took off and made it outside. Then Tehya knew she needed blood from a male vampire and Lobo came into her mind. Hunter and his clan were out hunting lobo and shot him then Tehya jumped into the water with Lobo. Lobo came to and he was in an old camper with Tehya . Lobo asked what her name really was and she said kristen but she preferred Tehya. Hunter and his clan got both Tehya and Lobo. I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the way it showed a lot of growth in the vampire clan and Hunter personally. I liked Lobo and Tehya together a lot they just were good and meant to be.I didn’t like how Lobo was treated when he was younger then kicked out of the clan but I was very happy when it was a changed time for the clan. I liked the plot a lot as well as the pace. It was a quick enjoyable read. I loved that Tehya was so loyal and came into Lobo’s life when he was so desperate. I would have like some more background story on Tehya. I know there wasn’t time here but maybe in the future. I didn’t put the book down and read it at one setting. My heart went out to Lobo but I loved his loyalty to Tehya he would face death as long as he knew she was safe. All and All a very good romance and read. I liked this unique paranormal book with the Skinwalkers. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.
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review 2017-05-29 18:25
Immortal Rider
Immortal Rider - Larissa Ione

I read the first books in Ione's Demonica series, I for some reason never considered reading any of the books in the spinoff Lords of Deliverance. I should have started these a while ago. These sit perfectly with the books I normally read. Glad I waited though, this definitely pulled me out of a reading slump.

 

I love that the characters from Demonica also appear in this. It was nice to get updates on them. I do think I may reread those books because I feel I have forgotten bits of them.

 

This seriously put me in mind of Showalter's LOTU books with the demon possessed Ares, a good thing in my opinion considering they are among my favorite books. 

 

This is has everything you want in a paranormal romance. The unique characters, the smutty sex, the hero with a bad side, etc. I tend to not love books in this genre where one of the main characters is human, but Ione's found a way to make the human unique and really drag her into thus world. I like how the female Cara grows into what she becomes but also holds true to her roots.

 

Bravo! Thank you book for pulling me from my slump. On to the next book just so happens I have a copy I rescued from a trash can at the airport about a year ago, still even smells like pickles.

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